In 2014 Fledg’ling Records will celebrate
our 20th anniversary and our 100th release:
We are very proud to announce the release on January 27th of
IAIN MATTHEWS stunning new solo recording – The Art Of Obscurity.
American Songwriter magazine says “don’t let the self-effacing title of The Art of Obscurity deter you from discovering Iain Matthews, one of music’s lost treasures.”
The Art of Obscurity, Mr. Matthews’ first new release in his staggering fifth decade of recording and performing music, and his first solo album in many years, was recorded in Austin, Texas with producer Bradley Kopp (Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Tish Hinojosa). The 12 tracks highlight Iains’ knack for acoustic folk with jazzy undertones — capped off by his rich singing voice and reflective and insightful lyrics.
Iain proudly declares that The Art of Obscurity “absolutely sits up there with my four or five finest recorded moments.” In the sleeve-notes, he states, “The Art of Obscurity will be my last solo album. It will however, not be my final recording. Music is in my blood. Music motivates me. Music is my mistress.”
“The realization that The Art of Obscurity is my 25th solo album prompted me to do some deep thinking about where I am, where I’m going and what I still want to achieve from this life in music. In my heart I feel vital and passionate about the creative process and that my best work is the next one I finish. It doesn’t necessarily work out that clean, but for me, it can be the only touchstone.”
Longtime Matthews fan Ian Clayton declares: “The songs on this album are mainly self penned or written in collaboration with with the Dutch pianist Egbert Derix. Iain muses on overheard murmurs, shifting sands, ghostly changes and on his own boyhood. The second song here “When I Was A Boy” recalls the steam train whistles and stinging thistles, the football matches at the old showground, home of his beloved Scunthorpe United. He tackles the “Sweet Hereafter” thinks about “Ashes On The Wind” and older and wiser now tells us that he knows “The Emperor’s New Clothes” when he sees them. But for now, in one of the best of his more recent songs, he’s “Just A Pebble In The Road” waiting to be turned over.”
1 Ghost Changes
2 When I Was A Boy
4 Time Zone Cowboy
5 Ash In The Wind
6 The Letter (1944)
7 In Paradise
8 Ode for Jackie Paris
9 The Emperor’s New Clothes
10 Pebble In The Road
11 The Sweet Hereafter
12 Home (pt.2)
In North America The Art Of Obscurity will be released by our chums at Omnivore Recordings.